The charter school movement has long been controversial, and criticism has risen recently over a number of schools that have not been performing as expected. However, the yearly National Alliance for Public Charter Schools conference, held between June 30th and July 3rd in Washington, DC, proved yet again that the movement is alive and well in spite of its critics.
Undoubtedly, a highlight of the conference was the keynote address, delivered by Armando Christian Perez -- also known as the international pop superstar Pitbull. While most of his fans know him for his dancefloor hits, Christian Perez is also a passionate supporter of the charter school system, in large part due to his hardscrabble upbringing. He is personally invested in it as well -- three of his children are currently enrolled in charter schools, and he is personally backing a Miami based charter, the Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) school.